Vitor Belfort made a statement on Saturday night (Nov. 9, 2013), knocking out Dan Henderson in the first round of their bout at UFC Fight Night 32 at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. It was Belfort's third straight head kick knockout victory in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and perhaps the most significant of his career.
In one night, Belfort not only became the first person ever to knockout "Hendo" in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition (highlights here), but he also preserved No. 1-ranked Middleweight title contender status behind Anderson Silva.
Adding to the drama last night was UFC President Dana White's comments following Wednesady's (Nov. 6, 2013) UFC Fight Night 31 card in which he stated that if Belfort lost to Henderson, he'd also lose his shot at 185-pound championship gold.
However, as with every Belfort victory, there were questions about his usage of testosterone replacement therapy(TRT) and the reason UFC continues to book him in Brazil. In fact, those questions have only gotten louder after Belfort admitted this past week that he's used TRT without commission approval in the past.
"That's not true, that's completely not true," White barked during a recent media scrum (watch it here). "There is no reason why Vitor Belfort can't fight in Las Vegas or anywhere else in the United States. Vitor Belfort has not been abusing TRT. In a million f***ing years I would never let that happen ... ever."
White is conveniently forgetting Belfort's 2006 drug test in which he tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone in Nevada and was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for nine months. He's also forgetting that Belfort completely disregarded the suspension and fought overseas in England for Cage Rage.
It's the exact reason people doubt Belfort's ability to get a license to fight in Nevada. But, White wasn't done with his rant about Nevada. Apparently, its already messed things up for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19, which is currently being filmed.
"I just filmed an episode of The Ultimate Fighter the other day and the Nevada commission is so bad, so bad," he said. "Wait until you see this next season when this episode airs. It's so bad. It's unbelievable. Look at all the other guys, boxers, who have had issues and have been able to [still fight] in Nevada and you call bullshit on it."
White is correct about one thing: Nevada doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to drug testing or following through on suspensions. If UFC wants Belfort to fight in Nevada, it'll probably happen. But, at some point, White and NSAC Director Keith Kizer are going to have it out.